Cardnay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The annals of Scottish history reveal that Cardnay was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Cardnay family lived on the lands of Cardney in Perthshire.

Early Origins of the Cardnay family

The surname Cardnay was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland.

Cairnie is a parish in Aberdeenshire. "This place once formed part of the lordship of Strathbogie, which was granted to Sir Adam Gordon, by King Robert Bruce, after the defeat and attainder of Cumin, Earl of Badenoch, and was the original estate of the family of Gordon, whose property, since that period, has become very greatly extended." [1]

Early History of the Cardnay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cardnay research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1320 and 1546 are included under the topic Early Cardnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cardnay Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Cardnay has been spelled Cairney, Cairnie, Cardney, Cairnie and others.

Early Notables of the Cardnay family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Cardnay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Cardnay family

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Cardnay: John Cairney arrived in New York in 1836.



The Cardnay Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ad alta
Motto Translation: To high things.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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